Monumentality and the Roman Empire: Architecture in the Antonine Age by Edmund ThomasMonumentality and the Roman Empire: Architecture in the Antonine Age by Edmund Thomas

Monumentality and the Roman Empire: Architecture in the Antonine Age

byEdmund Thomas

Hardcover | November 22, 2007

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The quality of 'monumentality' is attributed to the buildings of few historical epochs or cultures more frequently or consistently than to those of the Roman Empire. It is this quality that has helped to make them enduring models for builders of later periods. This extensively illustratedbook, the first full-length study of the concept of monumentality in Classical Antiquity, asks what it is that the notion encompasses and how significant it was for the Romans themselves in moulding their individual or collective aspirations and identities. Although no single word existed inantiquity for the qualities that modern authors regard as making up that term, its Latin derivation - from monumentum, 'a monument' - attests plainly to the presence of the concept in the mentalities of ancient Romans, and the development of that notion through the Roman era laid the foundation forthe classical ideal of monumentality, which reached a height in early modern Europe. This book is also the first full-length study of architecture in the Antonine Age - when it is generally agreed the Roman Empire was at its height. By exploring the public architecture of Roman Italy and bothWestern and Eastern provinces of the Roman Empire from the point of view of the benefactors who funded such buildings, the architects who designed them, and the public who used and experienced them, Edmund Thomas analyses the reasons why Roman builders sought to construct monumental buildings anduncovers the close link between architectural monumentality and the identity and ideology of the Roman Empire itself.
Edmund Thomas is Lecturer in Ancient Visual and Material Culture, University of Durham.
Title:Monumentality and the Roman Empire: Architecture in the Antonine AgeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 10.87 × 8.62 × 1.05 inPublished:November 22, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199288631

ISBN - 13:9780199288632


Table of Contents

IntroductionI. Monumental Form1. Principles of monumental form in antiquity2. The contribution of Antoninus Pius3. The symbolic significance of monumental forms under the Antonines4. Patrons and the monumentality of architecture5. Creating form: architects in the Antonine ageConclusionII. Monuments of City and Empire6. Buildings, politics, and the monumentality of Antonine cities7. The cities and the emperor8. Imperial architectureConclusionIII. Monuments and Memory9. The monuments of the past10. Building the monuments of the futureConclusionIV. Responses to Monuments11. Experiencing and responding to public architecture12. The architectural descriptions of Lucian of SamosataConclusionConclusion